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>> Monday, February 06, 2012

Once upon a time, there was a girl named Yumi who bragged that she could make a 4-minute stop motion video. She had so many ideas in mind and she wanted to try all and show the world that Hey, stop motion films are cool and I can make one too.

So when one opportunity came in the form of a birthday project for supermegafoxyawesomehot Darren Criss, she decided to do her greeting in a one-minute stop motion video.

One minute? She laughed at the world. Easy peasy.

So she took out her trusty camera, her ever reliable Playmobil toys and started clicking away.

Move one, click.
Move a little, click.
Slight turn, click. Repeat until toy has completely done a 360 turn.
Click, click, click.

By the 50th shot, she was getting tired. Her toys weren't cooperating because the girl toy kept falling off her chair. Geez, she thought, where's your balance?

One hour had passed until she finally finished the whole sequence. She took out her laptop to transfer the photos. Her eyes popped out of her eye sockets when she saw the number of shots taken: 153. Hah! She smirked. That'll take more than a minute.

She loaded all photos into the video editing program and set the time to 0.25 seconds per frame. Ctrl+A, set time, hit enter.

The video only reached 43 seconds. Forty-three seconds. 153 shots for a 43-second birthday greeting. So who has the last laugh now?

Music used: New Morning by Darren Criss and Chuck Criss (the awesome Crissbros)

Deux ex machina. Yumi groaned, laughed and tweeted her stop motion ordeal. And the world lived happily ever after. (which also means, "She was still part of the birthday video project for Darren Criss and she hopes -- with the rest of the fans -- that he'll see it)

P.S. Yumi still vows to make that 4-minute video. One day, she said, shaking her fist at the world. One day.

(Also seen on Tumblr.)


The Expensive Wish List

>> Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Note: Unless you're crazy or insanely crazy, you are not allowed to buy these stuff for me. Consider this as my own to-buy list.

Note: May 26, 2014. Let's see what updates I have on this list.

1. Camera bag. I still have the Crumpler 5 Million-dollar Home at the top of my list, but I'm willing to go for cheaper bags, as long as they serve the same purpose. I already found a red camera bag at Fuji Film, which is 4 thousand pesos cheaper than the Crumpler. I'd love to have a Crumpler though. Maybe not today. UPDATE: Check! I got a second hand Crumpler from my friend, Ian. I adopted her old Crumpler and now I am very satisfied with my purchase.

2. Tickets to concerts and theater plays. Thankfully Josh Groban or any of the American Idol contestants are not planning to come here for a 2012 concert. I don't want to miss out on it and I don't have the money to spend for good seats. So this year, I'll worry about tickets to theater plays. I'm watching one with the cousins in February. I have three more lined up for the year.

3. Fish-eye Lomo camera. Once you have a Lomo, you'd want to collect all. I also like the La Sardina because of the cute designs and the flash.

4. Color swatches. Swatches to add to the photography fun. This is kinda affordable. I found a set in Fully Booked for only PhP 500. I'll prolly buy it next month.

5. A new DSLR. I want the DSLR that can take videos. I'm inspired to make mini videos for random events in my life. I enjoyed making a video for my Singapore trip, and it would be even more awesome if I could change focus with a DSLR. New DSLR should include swanky lens too.

6. Northface Jacket. Or a Columbia jacket. I want the jacket that is lightweight and can be used during rainy seasons.

7. University Hoodie. I do love my Ateneo jacket, which I use when it rains. But I want a snuggly hoodie to use when indoors. Of course, I want it to be a university hoodie. UP's fine, but I prefer an Ateneo one. I'll be proud to be a UP student when I've graduated from my MA degree. haha

8. Tripod. I need a new one after my old one (and it's antique! :( ) was stolen two years ago when robbers broke into our house.

9. Plueys. I want to jump in puddles during the rainy season without worrying about damp and smelly socks. UPDATE: Check! I can't remember when I bought my Plueys but I am so happy I bought a pair of rain boots. No more soggy socks during the rainy days!

10. Doc Martens. A new pair is optional, but I do want another one. A black floral pair of DMs.

11. Kindle Touch. CHECK!

12. Speedo Swimsuit. This isn't urgent. I just want to replace my red swimsuit even if it's still in perfect condition. UPDATE: Check! I bought a two-piece, the kind that beach volleyball athletes would wear. I need something that doesn't have a high cut leg hole that shows my arse when I go to the beach. Gotta cover up the goods.

A girl's gotta dream, right?

P.S. Mea said that I should've wished for a rich boyfriend too. hahaha


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